Amos's First Day at Home
"Dogs have a way of finding the people who need them.
And filling an emptiness we didn't even know we had."
So now comes the exciting part, we have left RSPCA and Amos was lifted up into the car - into the boot just relaxing on his bed. Lifted, because well he wasn't going to get in and we had no idea he could jump at this stage. Bless him, he was pretty scared coming with us. Probably thinking who are these weirdos!
To this day I wish we had put him on the back seat but we didn't! I don’t know why. I think it was because we always saw dogs travelling in boots so that's what we did. We made sure he was strapped in and couldn’t go anywhere.
I think we were most nervous about the drive home because we felt so far away from him and we didn't know what he was going to do because it was about an hour drive home.
Amos spent most of the drive with his head popped over the back seat just watching us. I'm sure he was freaked out going where on earth am I going and who are these weird people!
Oh and then the 'I'm hungry' thought probably popped through.
We freaked out at one point because we were driving along the motorway and we heard a nose from the back and suddenly his head disappeared and he popped down, and just stayed there. We freaked - what! We had only had him for less than 30minutes, we are responsible. We thought about pulling over but then up he was again and looking at us. We both were so relieved.
We finally arrived at our apartment. Yes Amos lived in an apartment in Wooloowin for his first 6 months with us before we moved out to Dayboro. He had a good sniff around the apartment but you could just see he was worried about where he was and what was happening. But, he was interested with his new home.
So we went upstairs into our apartment. Amos raced up the stairs so we knew we wouldn't have an issue with that. We had a little play with his toys, and discovered pretty quickly that he was going to be a chewer! That first blue toy we bought him died very quickly!!!
After he he had a good explore and we fed him some food - kibble at this time but we will go into more detail on his diet in future blog posts because Amos’s diet is really important to me. He is now 100% raw but it took time and effort so that is a whole blog series on its own.
But his dinner, he gulped it down so fast we couldn't believe it. We were going to have to sort that out! Understandable though, apart from being at RSPCA he just wasn't used to having food! But that is what led us to go find Chew Chomp and Chill
We even treated Amos to a bone on his first day - I think it was at this point that he knew he hit the jackpot! I love this video of him. It was most likely the very first bone he had ever had and I feel so grateful that we could give him this.
We had our dinner and to be honest I can't remember very much except that we learnt very quickly that absolutely nothing could be left out on the counters or even bins. Right in front of us, he popped his paws up on the bench! The cheek. Amos had no idea of boundaries and honestly had absolutely no training. He even kept checking the bin out. Yes he would use his nose to lift the bin up. So we were going to have to get a new bin and move that bin away every night and every time that we went out. I guess I didn't take any photos as I was too busy making sure we had food. But I sure have many stories on Amos and stealing food to share with you all. I think I may have to do a separate blog labelled - Amos The food thief!
Then we all sat down together and we settled Amos onto his bed that was in front of us. Take a good look at that bed. You may see it perhaps once more but that is it. I think it lasted 2-3 days!
But Amos quickly demonstrated his cute and cuddly side and up he climbed onto the couch and snuggled down right in between myself and my husband.
He was safe, he had a loving home and we provided him with this.
After everything we had briefly read, we allowed Amos to choose his sleeping position and we actually didn’t mind him choosing the couch. We wanted Amos to be able to cuddle and snuggle with us in the evening on the couch so we had no issues with him choosing the couch as his bed. He still slept on his mat / bed, before he ate it, but his really relaxed sleep times was on the couch and usually with us.
And still to this day his main bed is the couch or his big boy chair! NO, of course, he does not choose his amazing large Henry Hottie bed that we purchased for him.
Now on that first night we made a decision that Amos was always going to sleep separate to us and we would have the door closed. And we still do that now. Amos is allowed on the bed during the day but he is also trained to get off when we ask and does not go on if we ask him not too. Well sometimes....
During the night the door is shut and he is out but we often wake up early in the morning and we open the door. He comes right on in and snuggles either at the bottom of the bed, up with his head on the pillow or under the covers. I actually think its his favourite time of the day.
And you know what, it's my favourite time of the day too. Too wake up and realise, yes I own a dog. I love him and he adores me and can not wait to see my face in the morning and come climb into bed with me.
How lucky am I?
So there you have it, welcome Amos Pearce to your new home. You are with us always and forever my handsome boy. Our journey is only just beginning.
Join us next time as we detail "A day in the life of Amos"
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Love Mel and Amos x